You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll wince, you'll shake your head in disbelief but I guarantee that you'll be rooting for Ian to clean up. A wonderful story with a very happy ending. Read it - more will be revealed

Amazon Customer

So many great stories within one book… but ultimately a sobering read about addiction and what a long lasting recovery looks like. The author is honest and down-to-earth, sharing his own personal story without the self-help rhetoric, painting a vivid picture of the insanity of active addiction. Recommended. ~ Charisse Cooke

Charisse Cooke

Ian Young is an expert in the field of addiction rehabilitation. He is the go-to man globally. If you have someone in your life who is troubled by addiction do check out Ian’s profile.

Jon Boys

“Congratulations on overcoming your addiction and finding a way to help others . Respect is due. I’m inspired by your determination and proud to know you.” ~ Ammana Shaka

Ammana Shaka

Hi Ian I hope you are well. Since I spoke to you last I have read ‘It’s Not About Me’ and want to say I am far wiser and more knowledgeable than ever before about the long journey through addiction and back to sobriety. Your book has been inspiring, enlightened me, made me cry, filled […]

Pat H.

This is a great book and tells the truth of someone who walked the walk and talked the talk. Could not put this down. Inspiring for all. George Powell  

George Powell

Thank you Ian for being honest, open and brave to write this book! It’s a miracle you went through what you went through alive and with such compassion and passion to help others! Never give up! You’re right it’s not about you it’s about all of us addicts or not! But this book is certainly […]


What I so love about personal branding is that it’s all about YOU – Your mind-set, Your personality, Your Values, Your Mission… your attributes. Ian Young shares in this short video how he keeps his authentic personal brand attribute alive every single day – so effortlessly done as it’s just HIM!

Runa Magnusdottir

I first met Ian Young nearly nine years ago when I came to a treatment centre, which he ran. Ian did my assessment over the phone and suggested that I should come to him for treatment. Having successfully graduated, he then helped me a great deal until one day he suggested one day that I […]

Barrington K

Grateful CA member

I remember sitting in a room in prison one day, lost, alone and beaten, on the phone talking to Ian. He gave me something during that 10-minute call that had been taken from me over years… he gave me the gift of hope… gratitude. Ian was also one of the first people I met when […]

Kevin Jaffries

Ian Young reached out and assisted me when I began seeking a publisher for my novel, some of which was based on hard personal experience. Although his contacts were in other areas of publishing, he has blown me away with his support and kindness.

Ruth Jacobs

Author - Soul Destruction.

I am lucky to have Ian as my business coach. He always asks me the right questions and makes me think about whether I am on the right track. Also he keeps coming up with great ideas and suggestions that really help me on. He makes me write a summary of each session, including my […]

Wilma Alleman

Amsterdam, Holland.

Ian Young was an amazing influence in my life last year and has continued to be a wonderful support to me since. He helped me to research a film role I was determined to get right. It was the role of a police woman struggling with alcohol and cocaine addiction. Ian introduced me to some […]

Zawe Ashton

Ian Young is impressive in both his experience and solutions relating to addictions. He brings a compassionate and intelligent speaking style to his subject, which I found truly inspiring. I look forward to his book.

Mark Barnet

Crested Butte, Colorado.

Ian is a captivating presenter that speaks from the heart with the sincere wish to help people overcome their addictions. As he comes from personal experience it is very convincing and his success rate is astounding. –

Barbara Hofmeister

Author of The To Be Book

Very interesting book. Talks about addiction and how to recover. A must read for all adults, if you nave an addiction or know someone who is using. There is hope.


This book is all about Ian Young’s fall from grace. It’s about his drug and alcohol use and his trip from having a great life to a life full of demons. It reads like a novel at first but it’s so much more. It’s how a person can get into the life of addiction and […]


I want to thank Ian for sharing his story in such a profound and honest way. I must admit, it took me some time to come through it, as I couldn’t digest more than a few pages at the time. Ian has lived in a world so far from mine; I cannot believe how he […]

Bitta R. Wiese

author of The Book on Quantum Leaps for Leaders

This is a brave and honest account from someone who has returned from the edge of an abyss. I was astounded by how the level a human can abuse themselves to and still survive. The author clearly has a strong spirit and desire to live life to the full. I won’t spoil the ending but […]

Tom Evans

Thanks so much for having the courage and bravery to share your truth and life with us all. It’s an incredible journey you have been on. It’s so inspiring to know there are plenty of people who can take something from your story that can help them individually; or for families, and friends. You certainly […]


Inspiring story – good historical reference to travelling culture / heavy going in places but well worth the read – well done.

Jane Murray

Wonderful book which gives an great insight into the mind of how addictions affect all parts of the mind body and spirit. This book is great for anyone, even those people who do not think they have addictions, because the information is also for people who may have bad habits and are trying to break […]

Mark Segal

All the books I’ve read before that mentioned addiction have been about famous rock stars in bands – people who somehow seem one step removed from real life. Most of them were dead so it wasn’t a first-hand account either. Ian’s was the first one I read by and about a real person – a […]

Colette Mason

In his book, Ian shared with us his life, with something new to learn in each page ! It is also an easy book to read, which you can’t stop reading until the last pages ! Thank you Ian for sharing this with us ! (edited for grammatical purposes from French)

Stéphane Le Boeuf

A pocket book of inspiration – showing vulnerability – growth and recovery . Inspirational leadership – in walking the talk.


Love this book! I liked it so much I’ve got another 2 copies to give to Friends.

Mary Moss

I have just finished reading your book – really brilliant. Had it since Christmas but only started it this weekend. One of those books that once you start you don’t want to put down until the end – only stopped overnight when my eyes could stay open no longer. It was amazing to learn so […]

Karen Curr

Excellently written book about a drug and alcohol addict who turned his life around from the extreme chaos of active addiction to becoming a happy and respected member of society. Inspirational and a good read for anyone suffering or for friends and family of those addicted to either drugs or alcohol, or both. It has […]

Simon Khalil

It’s a game changer – a sizzling read that stands out in it’s genre of addiction stories – because half is about how it was, then the other half is about what happened and how it is now! It has madness, moments of desperate clarity and then hope in abundance. Read it !

Paul Atherton

A very inspiring book! Loved reading it! Couldnt put my ipad down!

Teresa Scott

“I laughed, I cried and mostly I was amazed about Ian Young and how he grew thru his journey to become a transformational leader in Europe.”

Marie Diamond

What huge courage to share so openly such an epic journey. One that will inspire you and give you hope and be the back bone for your own recovery, whether an addict or relative of an addict. Having known Ian back in the early 90’s while we were all travelling, I had no idea of […]


The book is one of the first on the subject of addiction that I have read that is not just either a list of events that are there to shock or a handbook on how to get over or understand addiction. Ian’s honesty and openness mean that the story and journey can relate to all […]

Sonia D.

Well written, easy to read and I should imagine very helpful and inspiring to anyone who’s suffering

DJ Meltdown Mickey

Ian’s book is well worth a read, its shocking, surprising, interesting and inspiring. You rock Ian!

Lisa Donald

Bought it, read it. Amazing! Thank you for sharing. I could relate to so much of your story. Inspiring, honest and a huge amount of courage to write it.

Richard George

I am an addict, alcoholic in recovery. For me this book is an amazing story that provides anyone hope that if you want something you can go and get it. A must read!

Tricky George

Ian does have a ‘special’ if somewhat ‘mad’ story to tell. I believe he is right with his hope that he will inspire others to ‘get clean’ as well as give support to people who may care for an addicted loved one. His style is easy and unpretentious, as if he is chatting to you […]


This is such a great read. Can be used as a tool to keep us addicts grounded. If one can succeed, we all can! Just goes to show that we come in all forms, different parts of the country, different backgrounds and different races and most of us end up in the same dark place.


I initially read this book because I am nosey and enjoy a mad life story ( which Ian’s definitely is!) but ended up learning a lot about addiction and recovery along the way. Ian’s message is so positive and his story is such a testament to how you can change your life, there is something […]

Amy M

Ian Young’s story is significant and important. He should be congratulated on his honesty – it must a difficult decision and a calculated gamble in the name of re-balancing karma (or redemption depending on your religious views) to be so open about what is a blatant waste of a young life and the knock-on effect […]

Steve G

This is an excellent account about the illness of addiction and the fact that there is hope (if you truly want to stop and stay stopped). Ian Young has given an honest and touching account of his experience, strength and hope and I personally hope many people read this book in order to understand what […]

Peter O